Christine Rigby – Starfish Volunteer


What’s your name Christine?
Errr.. Christine obviously… Christine Rigby

Where you from?
I’m from the great state of Florida in the great states of the United.

How’d you hear about Starfish?
I originally came in for cookies-for-a-cause and wound up talking to the director, Mr Meng and Nicole the head of volunteers – we fell in love.

When did you volunteer?
For 2 weeks April 2015

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I like to read an unhealthy amount, stare around at the world an unhealthy amount. I like to ride bicycles into the wind. I like to remember the time I had time to play video games. I like to encourage children to learn to use a computer.

What skills did you bring to Starfish?
I brought my seamstressing and photoshop skills along with childcare and all round entertainment value, plus a good deal of artistic flare to the annual reports.

What are your activities at Starfish and what do they involve?
Drafting plans for new box cushions for the cafe. Helping out a seriously cool web developer with graphic design and content writing. Painting furniture and signs. Photographing products for the online shop. Being an integral part of an ongoing brainstorm for fund raising.

In your opinion, what is the most important work that Starfish does?
I think that it persists as paradigm alternative in a country where
challenging the existing paradigm

Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?
Forging ahead with the applications for funding.

What do you hope Starfish will achieve in the near future and in the long term?
I hope that it gets into the groove with it’s volunteer program. And attracts a constant flow of energetic and enthusiastic thinkers that will continue to supply Starfish with a heartbeat: boom, boom, boom.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about volunteering?
Make sure you are ready to take the reigns of your own horse have a clear idea of what you want to provide if it’s not already in the volunteer callout

Be prepared to work in multiple channels and capacities.

Be excited about working with the team here and creating relationships because you’ll end up being an important part of everyone’s routine.

Understand that this is a completely non-profit endeavour and even the director is a volunteer and everything going on depends on everyones contributing.

You have to be comfortable with working with a constantly evolving project.

Watch Christine’s video to hear some of her thought about working with Starfish